Posts tagged ‘Alternative’

June 24, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Behold! Our 55th installment of the Friday 5×5! We’re five fiving it up today with new music from Twin River, East Mane, Vargen, The Dirigibles and Low For High. Check it out after the jump.

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June 8, 2022

The Midweekly – SASAMI

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Sometimes, in order to peel away the layers, shed the old skin, and find out what you’re truly capable of, you got to try new techniques, go where they aren’t expecting you to go. That’s what singer/songwriter Sasami Ashworth, better known as SASAMI, pulls off with imaginative style on her sophomore record Squeeze. The LA based artist’s process to peel that skin starts by catching it on a hook, then attempting a range of different moves, from flailing to wild, heavy metal, appropriately loaded with chunky riffs, to beating her body against a wall with an even stranger, hard rock vibe with techno beats. But Sasami also returns to what she’s best known for, employing patience and smoothness, as she slithers and writhes to well crafted indie rock and folk jams. When she isn’t mumbling out scary fx laden lyrics about stomping vermin, or eviscerating her throat with screams of self-deprecation, Ashworth also delivers beautiful melodies that sing of human connection. By the end of all this shedding and peeling, you might not be sure what you enjoy more, the new, liquid form glinting in the light, or the old, stretched skin flapping in the wind.  

June 3, 2022

Week Ender – theWorst

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

As we’ve noted before on the blog, it seems that the influence of 90’s grunge and alternative is starting to take root in more and more new bands these days, and we for one are here for it. Portland, Maine band theWorst definitely fall into that category with a rawness and realness that has been sorely missing from a musical landscape dominated by overly processed, packaged and cross marketed PRODUCT/CONTENT presented as “songs.” The single “Hurt Forever” finds the band very much in Hole territory, which is cool because it’s high time people recognize that Live Through This was as good as and as influential as Nevermind was, but still inject with enough of their own vibe to stand out. While it might be too much to hope that this resurgence will rise to mainstream dominance ala the decade of flannel, it’s nice knowing bands like theWorst are fighting the good fight and making real rock music with real heart for those who seek it.

June 3, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

We close out our first week back in the office with five bangers from After London, Tasks, Some Nicholson, Death Lens and Enemy Airship. Check them out after the jump.

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April 18, 2022

Week Starter – Pulse Park

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

The 90’s alternative movement is often remembered in broad either/or strokes. Amps to 11, hushed acoustics, mumbled personal lyrics, screamed non sequiturs, flannel this, sunflower dress that. But the reality is that a lot of bands mined the sweet spot between those extremes – noisy but melodic, loud but gentle – not alternating back and forth, but riding the line itself. It is from that tradition draws Pulse Park with their latest “Sine Wave,” a driving song that doesn’t feel so much like someone pushing you as it does someone leading you hand in hand. It feels open and airy while still being powerful and it’s that combination that had us returning to it over and over this past weekend and on through into the start of this week.

April 8, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we micro reviews of songs with macro vibes. Check out the latest from TombSnakes, The Deepest Shade, LocalBlac with Hina Kawago, Onyda and Adam Yas after the jump.
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March 25, 2022

Week Ender – Grocer

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

Praise Jebus! The kids are getting weird again!

We get a lot of submissions and most of them fall under the current trend of “what if erectile dysfunction was a sound?” Why the majority of indie rock has decided making un-ironic easy listening yacht rock dreck is beyond us, but once more a shout out to J dawg for sending us Grocer and their track “Mountain Home.” Sludgy, noisy and hitting a bit like a less flashy Primus this song is a wild eyed return to the 90’s when oddballs could become full on rock stars and getting out there was encouraged, not something to be squashed by the algorithm. This is what the world needs, more laying down in the mud with amps turned up to 11 and less songs for an Anthropologie store playlist.

February 25, 2022

Week Ender – Crossroad Crooks

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you swaggering into the weekend with.

Ooooooo doggie, does “In Waiting” by Crossroad Crooks scratch a very specific itch from our youth and it does so really, really well. Like when there’s just the right amount of fingernails in the scratching but not so much to leave a weird mark you have to explain later. That itch is a specific nexus of hard rock, heavy alternative and grunge with hints of metal and heaps of melody. Chuggy guitars and soaring vocals and delicate break downs place this somewhere between Living Colour (the vocals remind us a lot of Corey Glover) and Soundgarden. Some may feel this has a bit of a throwback vibe to it, but when it’s done this well it transcends throwback and moves on up to transcendent and timeless.

February 4, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we keep our typing tight and let loose on your ears new tracks from Under Delusion, Lo Fade, jericho jericho, Angelnumber 8 and Elephant Stone.

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January 25, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Night Crickets

Iconic alternative music pioneers. They really are just like us! Stuck at home during the pandemic and going stir crazy David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), Victor DeLorenzo (The Violent Femmes, Nineteen Thirteen) and visual artist/alternative pop artist Darwin Meiners formed a supergroup for these less than super times: Night Crickets. But where you and I were staying connected via Zoom and online games, the Night Crickets did it by sending files back and forth, crafting A Free Society, their debut album. A Free Society seamlessly combines J’s dark romanticism with DeLorenzo’s dadaist jazz and Meiners’ atmospheric electronica tinged pop into an intoxicating blend of inventive yet oddly familiar sound. It’s a shades on in a darkened room groove that feels a bit like a minimalist jam breaking out at the late night spoken word performance. It’s cooler than cool and vibier than vibey and you need it in your life.

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